Lane Kiffin will once again be a head coach in college football, as he accepted the Florida Atlantic head coaching job on Monday morning.
Kiffin had been linked to a number of jobs, but those all seemed to be exaggerated by Kiffin according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken. Per Wolken, he was only a serious head coaching candidate at two schools, Houston and Florida Atlantic.
This is due largely to his disastrous time at both Tennessee and USC. And per one anonymous source, Kiffin was almost unbearable.
“One person with knowledge of the matter, who had investigated Kiffin for a job, said reference calls to people who worked at USC and Tennessee basically rendered him unhireable,” Wolken wrote.
Kiffin spent the past three seasons at Alabama, and the Crimson Tide appeared in the College Football Playoffs in each season. But with his contract set to expire after this season, this was going to be Kiffin’s final season in Tuscaloosa, per Wolken.
In addition to taking a job at a Conference USA program that won just three games last year, Kiffin will also be taking a paycut. He made $1.4 million at Alabama, and is expected to make less than $1 million at Florida Atlantic.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban said earlier today that Kiffin will remain the team’s offensive coordinator through the College Football Playoff. Alabama takes on Washington on Dec. 31 in Atlanta.